This Day In History

1762 British force which includes the 40th Regiment (later 1st South Lancashires) invades the French island of Martinique in the West Indies.  The soldiers are ordered to land with three days provisions, a canteen of grog each, and their blankets.
1809 Battle of Corunna. After a long, demoralising and dreadful retreat from central Spain, the British army is forced to turn and fight to gain time for the Navy to come to its rescue. The 2nd / 81st (later 2nd Loyals) have a desperate, 2-hour fight on the right flank, running out of ammunition and losing over 160 killed and wounded before the French are repelled. 2nd/59th Foot (later 2nd East Lancashires) are sent to their aid and lose 60 killed and wounded, but their Grenadier and 1st Companies are the last British troops to disengage from the enemy. The army commander, Sir John Moore, is fatally wounded.
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Preston Pals Remembered

some years ago a letter in the Lancashire Evening Post asked why there was no memorial to the Preston Pals. It sparked local businessman Andrew Mather into action and on 22 July 2012, exactly 96 years less one day after D Company (the Preston Pals), 7th Loyals, suffered grievously in their first action at Bazentin-le-Petit, a memorial to their memory was unveiled on the platform at Preston Station from which they departed to war. The Museum provided enthusiastic support to the project, especially via our late, much-lamented Friend Joe Hodgson, without whose encyclopaedic knowledge the Memorial would never have come to fruition.

The Memorial

Preston businessman Andrew Mather, the driving force behind the creation of the memorial, outlines the history of the project.

Colonel Steve Davies, Deputy Colonel (Lancashire) of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, and Lord Shuttleworth, Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, examine the memorial after the unveiling.

 

Future Battlefield Tours

To assist with long-term planning, the Friends of the Museum have announced details of their future annual Battlefield Tours. Continue reading

“Jacobite Rose 2012”

Details have been announced of our Battlefield Tour for 2012. “Jacobite Rose” will follow the course of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s doomed attempt to restore the Stewarts to the throne. June 25-30. Places are limited and are allocated on a first-come, first served basis. Contact the Museum for details and a booking form.

New Website launched

Our new, updated website went live on 1 January 2012